Jefferson L. Blomquist concentrates in local government litigation and law, employment law, environmental law and civil litigation and is a member of the firm’s Local Government Practice Group.
Mr. Blomquist has over 25 years of litigation experience, which includes cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals. From 1988 until 1999, Mr. Blomquist served first as an Assistant County Attorney and then as the Deputy County Attorney of Harford County, Maryland. In this capacity, Mr. Blomquist directed and was responsible for all county litigation and provided advice and counsel on employment, environmental, contractual and legislative issues involving local governments. He spearheaded environmental permitting initiatives for solid waste facilities and publicly operated treatment works and managed contractors on a variety of capital improvement projects.
Mr. Blomquist has litigated virtually every type of case involving local governments, including civil rights claims, employment disputes, zoning cases, contract disputes, annexation cases and property tax differential disputes and successfully resolved a variety of matters on behalf of local governments before federal and state administrative agencies.
His environmental experience includes navigating local governments through CERCLA, RCRA and CWA enforcement proceedings and he has brought and defended FOIA/PIA and Open Meetings Act proceedings and used the rights created under those acts to obtain the information necessary to resolve inter-governmental disputes and disputes between private interests and governments. Mr. Blomquist has handled all types of actions involving law enforcement officers and agencies, ranging from civil rights claims to LEOBR proceedings and civilian complaint resolution.
Mr. Blomquist has extensive knowledge of state and local government law and governmental immunities and has provided practical training to local human resources and law enforcement agencies, public works departments and procurement divisions on a wide variety of issues.
Since June 1999, Mr. Blomquist has been leading the litigation arm of Funk & Bolton’s Local Government Practice Group.
Mr. Blomquist is involved in various attorney work groups within the Maryland Association of Counties. He has represented law enforcement and local government interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. Blomquist has engaged in civil litigation on behalf of private entities and non-profit organizations and has litigated claims brought against insurers in court and before the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings. He has assisted entities in conducting internal investigations of officers and executive officials.